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Online Learning Tips From Ariana

Advice for New Online Students - Ariana

Hello Wildcats, my name is Ariana, and I am a distance learning student. I've been here at Chico for a year now, but I've been doing online learning for 6 years. So I'm pretty much an expert in this field. And so while you guys have been transitioning from being on campus to going online, I've just been in my bedroom. And just been continuing along with my studies. And so I was very excited to receive this email from Mr. Layne about making a video for you specifically. And hopefully, I'm able to encourage you and to provide you a little help in this-- in this season of life. And just know that this is going to pass and you're going to be okay. It's just a learning curve. And you have a very huge student body and a lot of professors here to help you succeed. So just really lean on them and use the Blackboard Learn for all it is. And, like the discussion posts and email communication, and the Zoom applications. Zoom by the way, is a lot like Skype and it's just a way that professors have chosen to interact with their students. And it's very easy to use and something you can learn very quickly. And something that I prefer because if I skip or miss the meeting, I get to watch a recording on my own time. Which is very nice. And something that you should definitely take advantage of during this season of social distancing-- social distancing, and online learning. So 1 thing that's helped me stay motivated through this online learning is keeping track of how long I spend on the computer. Because after a while my eyes hurt, I have headaches, and I want to stay active. And so I use this app called Pomodoro app, and it's a timer, that's charts how long you study. And keeps 25 minutes on the clock. You started when you want to and then you get a 5 minute break afterwards, and I use that break to get up, stretch, give my eyes a break. Which is something that you really need to do if you're going to be a 100% online, is keep up with that. And yeah, that's really been helping me stay disciplined in this season. So take advantage of that, and also don't be afraid to put yourself out there on the discussion posts on Blackboard. Like there are so many people that want to help you, and that have similar questions. Like you're not alone in this. And, I just want to make sure that you know that, we all here at Chico want you to succeed. And I've been succeeding so far in this school. I'm so glad that I've had professors that have been so on top of their communication with me, and have made this class feel so personable and fun. So it's-- it might be different at first, but being an online student is actually something that I prefer, and I recommend to other people because it's so moldable around my own life. Like my schooling isn't-- you know, I don't have to mold my life around my schooling. I get to mold my schooling around my life. Which is very nice. And I get to prioritize things that I want to, and spend more time with the things are more important to me. And so my hope and my prayer for you, is that you become grounded in who you are and what you want to be. And, that in this time you just learn your strengths and weaknesses and learn what works for you. And that you just put yourself out there on the internet and just be aware that we're all in this together. And that's-- yeah, so welcome to this new season of life and I hope the best for you, you can do it. And maybe we'll interact sometime on Blackboard Learn. Thank you so much for watching. Bye.